Recycling has, thankfully, become mainstream. So much so that the Towne Lake Hills community and some other neighborhoods in Woodstock have the convenience of having Cycle Works Sanitation as an option to pick up not just weekly trash, but recyclables as well. The company provides a special bin for curbside recyclables and accepts broken down cardboard, Plastics 1-7, junk mail, newspapers, magazines, aluminum and tin. These bins should not be used for Styrofoam, glass, plastic grocery bags, tires or other rubber as Cycle Works does not accept these items for recycling.
But what about other household items, like televisions, batteries and paint? Here’s a helpful list of places to recycle in Cherokee County.
Two Local Recycling Depositories
In addition to the recycling depository available at Hobgood Park, there’s the Cherokee Recycling Center at 470 Blalock Road in Canton, which takes paper, cardboard, plastics 1-7 (except for Styrofoam and plastic bags), cans and glass.
Woodstock Recycling at 111 Dixie Drive in Woodstock is a great place to do this. They are a metal recycling center for things like old hot water heaters, appliances, gutters, brass, copper wiring, window frames, cans, piping, BBQ grills, car batteries, junk cars, stainless steel and Christmas lights. On some items, you might even earn a check!
Television and Other Electronics Recycling
You may be surprised to discover that TVs contain harmful chemicals and ingredients. Old analog TVs can have as much as eight pounds of lead or other heavy metals. Best Buy, for a $25 fee, will recycle tube TVs smaller than 32”, flat panel, LCD, plasma and LED TVs less than 50”. The electronics chain also recycles a host of other electronics at no charge (limit three per day), including remotes, DVD or VCR players, DirecTV boxes, cables and connectors, surge protectors, vacuums, portable gaming, video game consoles, headphones and TV antennas.
Battery and Cell Phone Recycling
Call2Recycle is North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship program. This non-profit organization collects and recycles batteries at no cost to municipalities, businesses and consumers. Since program inception, Call2Recycle has diverted over 115 million pounds of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established thousands of collection sites throughout the U.S. Check out the website, where you can put in a zip code and get a list of businesses serving as free drop-off locations. Woodstock area lists include several Lowe’s and Home Depot locations. Household batteries can be recycled at many public places like most post offices and libraries.
Ink Cartridge Recycling
The majority of printer ink cartridges contain toxic materials that should not be included with your regular trash. Some stores, like Office Max/Office Depot actually pay you a small fee for recycling when you join their customer perks program. Other office supply stores offer a discount off buying a new ink cartridge. Best Buy will also recycle up to three cartridges at a time.
Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) Bulbs
While CFL bulbs last much longer than traditional bulbs and use less energy, they also contain mercury. Because of this, these bulbs should not be thrown in your trash at home. Lowe’s, Home Depot and IKEA accept these bulbs for recycling. Batteries Plus Bulbs on Hwy. 92 in Woodstock also takes CFLs, fluorescent tubes, halogen bulbs and incandescent bulbs.
Need to know about places to recycle other items? Check out Earth911, where you can put in the item and zip code to find locations near you.
If we each do our small part, we can keep Towne Lake being the beautiful community it is and help the environment in the process.
As always, if you have any questions, contact Ursula & Associates today!
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